Download e-book for kindle: Building a Latino Civil Rights Movement: Puerto Ricans, by Sonia Song-Ha Lee

By Sonia Song-Ha Lee

within the first book-length historical past of Puerto Rican civil rights in manhattan urban, Sonia Lee strains the increase and fall of an uneasy coalition among Puerto Rican and African American activists from the Fifties throughout the Seventies. past paintings has tended to work out blacks and Latinos as both clearly unified as "people of colour" or irreconcilably at odds as competing minorities. Lee demonstrates as an alternative that Puerto Ricans and African americans in big apple urban formed the advanced and transferring meanings of "Puerto Rican-ness" and "blackness" via political activism. African American and Puerto Rican New Yorkers got here to determine themselves as minorities joined within the civil rights fight, the battle on Poverty, and the Black strength movement--until white backlash and inner category divisions helped holiday the coalition, remaking "Hispanicity" as an ethnic identification that used to be jointly particular from "blackness."

Drawing on wide archival study and oral heritage interviews, Lee vividly portrays this significant bankruptcy in postwar manhattan, revealing the permeability of obstacles among African American and Puerto Rican communities.

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